guest post by Ellen Powers, Virginia Beach, VA
"I was 12 when my mother died. She left behind many things we used frequently—daily china, silverware, etc. and other things that were packed away out of sight. As a young woman in 1976, I saw an ad for a china painting class. For some reason, it really intrigued me— I took that first class and never stopped.
One day when my godmother was visiting, we went through old photos as she identified people I didn't recognize. Then she spotted a china chocolate pot. "Did you know your grandmother painted this?," she asked. "No," says I.
I went to get all the pieces I had packed away (including the plate in this picture) and I suddenly realized my grandmother and I had been bitten by the same bug. A lovely serendipitous connection I had never known about."
— Ellen Powers
Waiting for William prints and notecards available online--click here
see more: Dominique Moody
Could you live in a tiny house?
What is it about your studio or workplace that makes it the perfect refuge?
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." —Thomas Merton
Photo taken in the studio of Phil DeAngelo, Asheville NC
...through the simple process of craft, these stories and connections make the cups incredibly precious and irreplaceable. How much richer our lives are with special objects like these...
guest post by Lynn Smith Stanley, Asheville NC
President Barack Obama carries small objects in his pocket to remind him of the people he's met and their stories.
sometimes the story is unspoken, but is heard nevertheless.
—quote by Georgia O'Keeffe, seen in Cindy Walton's Asheville studio...www.cindywalton.com
"What might a visitor learn by looking at your kitchen table?" That's the question the curators asked on the label for this painting by Carolyn Brady in their current exhibition, Imagining Home at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Do we arrange our surroundings deliberately for guests (or our own pleasure)?
It is a very interesting and well-curated exhibit—well worth the visit. There's also an interesting series of videos called Home Stories.
At the Baltimore Museum of Art from October 25, 2015 — August 1, 2018